All That Glit­ters: The 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games

The Gold Coast is “go­ing for gold” this month as the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games come to town with world-class sport­ing events and a huge cul­tural pro­gram. By Tiana Tem­ple­man

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THE GOLD COAST is set to shine with ex­cit­ing sport­ing events, arts per­for­mances, ex­hi­bi­tions and more. Dis­cover what to see, where to go and what to do on the Gold Coast dur­ing the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games.

BLEACH* FES­TI­VAL

This year’s Bleach* Fes­ti­val pro­gram (on un­til 15 April) is the most am­bi­tious yet with ma­jor con­certs, con­tem­po­rary dance pro­duc­tions, gi­ant out­door spec­ta­cles, trav­el­ling shows on kayaks and even an epic beach sleep­over. Marvel at “The Spirit of Chu­raki”, an out­door con­cert in­spired by the Gold Coast’s first surf life­saver, or par­tic­i­pate in “Wave Fields” by spend­ing the night sleep­ing on the beach, wrapped in a blan­ket of sound created by cel­e­brated artist Lawrence English. Dur­ing “Tide”, two of­fice work­ers carry out their du­ties on a sand­bar sur­rounded by a ris­ing tide. Even bet­ter, 90% of Bleach* Fes­ti­val events are free. bleach­fes­ti­val.com.au

NIGHTQUAR­TER FES­TI­VAL

Bring your ap­petite to the Nightquar­ter mar­kets at He­lensvale which are open from 12pm to 9pm dur­ing the Com­mon­wealth Games, with many spe­cial culi­nary events. Clin­ton Shultz, of the Gami­la­raay peo­ple, will be con­duct­ing Abo­rig­i­nal bush­tucker work­shops dur­ing the Games. Other de­li­cious events in­clude a Botan­i­cal Mixol­ogy class which turns herbs, plants and flow­ers into cock­tail mix-ins and Sci­ence in the Kitchen fea­tur­ing molec­u­lar gas­tron­omy, fruit spaghetti and more. nightquar­ter.com.au

ROAD CY­CLING

Start­ing and fin­ish­ing along the Cur­rumbin beach­front, the Gold Coast pro­vides a stun­ning back­drop for the Com­mon­wealth Games’ road cy­cling events. Come along and cheer the com­peti­tors as they zoom to­wards the fin­ish line in their quest for gold. Races are free to watch and there are plenty of prime spots along the route to take in the ac­tion. gc2018.com

SEE THE SWIM­MING

Swim­ming has al­ways been part of ev­ery Com­mon­wealth Games and the Gold Coast is tak­ing it one step fur­ther, with the largest para-sport pro­gram in the event’s his­tory. The com­pe­ti­tion is go­ing to be hot, hot, hot at the Op­tus Aquatic Cen­tre at South­port. gc2018.com

YOTHU YINDI AND THE TREATY PROJECT

In­spired by the 25th an­niver­sary of “Treaty”, this con­cert fea­tur­ing orig­i­nal mem­bers of ARIA Hall of Fame in­ductees Yothu Yindi and spe­cial mu­si­cal guests, will serve up clas­sic hits and new ma­te­rial. Yothu Yindi is re­unit­ing with Gavin Camp­bell, found­ing mem­ber of remix pro­duc­ers Filthy Lu­cre, for this ex­clu­sive free per­for­mance at Surfers Par­adise. gc2018.com/fes­ti­val2018

BEACH VOL­LEY­BALL

Mak­ing its Com­mon­wealth Games de­but, Beach Vol­ley­ball is a guar­an­teed crowd pleaser with plenty of high en­ergy serv­ing, set­ting, spik­ing and block­ing. En­joy the elec­tric at­mos­phere in the grand­stands as you sit sur­rounded by sun­shine, sand and the sea at pic­turesque Coolan­gatta. gc2018.com

CIR­CUS FUN AT BROAD­BEACH

Ex­pe­ri­ence Stravin­sky’s clas­si­cal mu­sic mas­ter­piece, “The Rite of Spring”, as you’ve never seen it be­fore at this in­no­va­tive cir­cus per­for­mance called “RITE”. Created by Circa, one of Aus­tralia’s most fa­mous cir­cus troupes, bod­ies are set to hurl, flow, twist, pulse and col­lide in this high en­ergy show. More cir­cus fun can be found at “360 ALLSTARS”, an adrenaline-fu­elled ur­ban cir­cus. Fea­tur­ing world cham­pion ath­letes, break­danc­ing, beat­box­ing, BMX, basketball and drum­ming, this show con­nects the street with the elite. Or you could check out “BLOCK”, a fu­sion of dance and cir­cus that pushes the lim­its of both art forms. The dar­ing phys­i­cal­ity, split-sec­ond tim­ing and thrilling feats, will leave you gasp­ing. gc2018.com/fes­ti­val2018

HOT DUB TIME MA­CHINE

Hop into a Hot Dub Time Ma­chine with Kid/dub, a time trav­el­ling dance party for kids (and their par­ents). Pull on your party pants and get ready to dance to 60 years of pop mu­sic, from the Bea­tles to Bey­oncé and be­yond. With great mu­sic, bub­bles, bal­loons and sur­prises for young and old, it is hard to work out who is hav­ing the most fun at Kid/dub—the kids or their par­ents. gc2018.com/fes­ti­val2018

Photo: © Michael Greves.

Hawker Street, Nightquar­ter.

The Op­tus Aquatic Cen­tre at South­port. Hot Dub Time Ma­chine. Aus­tralian road cy­clist Ka­trin Gar­foot. Photo: Tourism and Events Queens­land.

Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project.

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